Canadian Civil Liberties Association
v. New Brunswick
Seeking Intervener Status in Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. New Brunswick
Egale Canada, along with New Brunswick-based 2SLGBTQI organizations Alter Acadie, Chroma NB, and Imprint Youth, seek to intervene as parties in the New Brunswick legal case The Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. New Brunswick – a legal challenge to the Government of New Brunswick’s changes to school inclusion policy (Policy 713).
Case Name: Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. New Brunswick
Court: Court of King’s Bench New Brunswick
Egale’s Role: Co-Intervener, seeking party status
Representation: Adam Goldenberg, Ljiljana Stanic and Will Dandie from McCarthy Tétrault LLP and Bennett Jensen, Egale’s Director of Legal
Legal Case Background
In June 2023, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development announced changes to the 2SLGBTQI inclusion policy, known as Policy 713, for New Brunswick public schools.
The changes remove protections for trans and gender diverse students and prevent many of those students from using their chosen names and pronouns in school. The changes create different and more restrictive rules for gender diverse students than their peers.
In September 2023, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association began a legal challenge to the Minister of Education and Childhood Development’s revisions to Policy 713.
Why Egale Canada Has Intervened and What We’re Fighting For
Egale Canada, Alter Acadie, Chroma NB and Imprint Youth have applied to intervene as parties with the following goals:
- To represent the interests of gender diverse young people under the age of 16 who are directly affected by the outcome of this case;
- To introduce evidence about the effects of the changes to Policy 713 on gender diverse young people;
- To make legal arguments on how the changes to Policy 713 unreasonably or unjustifiably limit gender diverse young people’s Charter rights.
Legal Action Updates
September 11, 2023
- The Canadian Civil Liberties Association began a legal challenge to the Minister of Education and Childhood Development’s revisions to Policy 713
October 19, 2023
- Egale Canada and New Brunswick-based 2SLGBTQI organizations Alter Acadie NB, Chroma NB, and Imprint Youth submitted a motion to intervene in The Canadian Civil Liberties Association v. New Brunswick. The case is a legal challenge to the government of New Brunswick’s changes to Policy 713, which violates Charter protections for gender diverse students.
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